In September, CMS held a forum call on the 2-midnight benchmark and its implementation which began on October 1, 2013. CMS discussed the 90 day implementation period “that enacted a suspension on audits with the exception of ‘probe and educate’ reviews by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC).” A frequently asked questions document was also posted. Since providers had questions about these new changes, CMS assured callers that the website would be updated soon. However, this didn’t happen due to the government shutdown. The shutdown is over now and the website is up and running with the new documents.
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